The Flathead National Forest is located in the northwest corner of Montana.
Where is this Forest?




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In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border, lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout; with numerous lakes, streams, and rivers to enjoy, the forest is the premiere destination for visitors looking to experience natural landscapes of the American West. Visit one of our three wilderness areas, such as the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness, for a rare glimpse at undeveloped areas with outstanding opportunities for solitude. Celebrated for its water, wildlife, and wilderness the Flathead National Forest has abundant recreation opportunities and outstanding natural resources. We invite you to experience your National Forest!

Chip Weber, FNF Forest Supervisor-- Chip Weber, Flathead National Forest Supervisor





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Artists Encouraged to Apply for Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program

The Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and Swan Valley Connections invite artists to apply for the 2017 Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program. The artist-in-residence program connects artists and local communities with wild lands on the Flathead National Forest in Northwest Montana.  Two artists will be selected to participate in the 2017 program. News Release

2011 Artist Wilderness Connection Andrea Brew An original painting of birch trees. Water color of the Challenge Creek cabin.




Snowmobile Closure on Road 38 Starting December 13th.

Kalispell, MT-December 9, 2016 – Beginning Tuesday, December 13, the East Side Reservoir Road, Forest Road #38, along the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir will be closed Monday through Friday to all motorized use. The road restrictions are in place for public safety during winter logging operations, primarily log truck hauling on the Spotted Bear Ranger District. Log hauling will take place on weekdays through the winter on the plowed road. News Release ; Road Closure Order.


Forest Plan Revision

South Fork Flathead River - Spotted Bear

The Flathead National Forest is currently revising its Forest Plan. Find out more about the plan revision process and how you can be involved in planning the Forest’s future.  more>


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